Investment and M&A Activity in Cannabis and Hemp

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by Scott L. Greiper The first half of 2020 saw a wild ride in investment and M&A activity within the cannabis and hemp industries. Gyrating stock prices of public companies and the COVID-10 pandemic caused a sharp decline in investment activity in the first quarter of 2020. However, the second quarter of 2020 saw a …

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Investors’ Appetite for Private Equity – Good or Great?

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by Brian Buehler In 2015, I joined Triton Pacific, a Los Angeles based Private Equity firm as a partner, with a singular mission – provide access to private equity to everyone! Over the last five years, we have refined the messaging and feel we have made successful steps in helping democratize private equity to the …

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The 2020 Tax & Economic Outlook

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by Timothy P. Speiss The first quarter of a new year is always a good opportunity to see if the economic prognosticators are on track with their investment outlooks for the year ahead. One forum that has been, and again promises to be, a valuable source of financial information is the annual Lido Family Office …

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Investors’ Appetite for Private Equity — Good or Great?

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by Brian Buehler In 2015, I joined Triton Pacific, a Los Angeles based Private Equity firm as a partner, with a singular mission – provide access to private equity to everyone! Over the last five years, we have refined the messaging and feel we have made successful steps in helping democratize private equity to the …

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Present-Day Disaster Preparedness

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From escalated numbers of hurricanes in Florida to devastating fires and large-magnitude earthquakes in California, recent years show a striking uptick in natural disasters coast to coast. FEMA.gov reported fifty-three major disasters nationwide in 2019, including 10 weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information. …

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An Interview with Laus Abdo of Watt Funding: Investing in Commercial Real Estate Debt

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by Laus M. Abdo As investors continue to allocate a greater share of their portfolios to alternatives, what are the advantages of investing in commercial real estate? Given the ongoing volatility in the stock market, investing in alternatives remains a potentially prudent strategy for investors looking to diversify and to limit exposure to stock market …

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Size Matters: The Total Addressable Market of Cannabis/Hemp is Far Bigger than Analyst Predictions

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By Mitch Baruchowitz As Illinois becomes the 11th state to legalize cannabis for adult-use, and other states look to follow suit, it is important to look at what the normalized, total addressable market (TAM) is in cannabis since that is one of the driving factors of the global opportunity.  At Merida, it is our belief …

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U.S. Direct Lending – Where is the Opportunity in Today’s Market?

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By Antonella Napolitano When Deerpath was formed back in 2007 with the purpose of investing in privately negotiated senior loans to companies in the US lower middle market, direct lending was considered a new and niche asset class for investors.  While the U.S. private equity market had been well established, even within the lower end of …

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Diversification within Private Money Lending

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by Gregg Bernstein As we approach the end of the 2nd quarter, with the summer approaching, Westridge is ready to continue the 2nd half of 2019 with more, quality real estate-secured debt transactions for the Fund.  Westridge Lending Fund, LLC is a real estate-backed Mortgage/Trust Deed Fund specializing in business purpose loans (i.e., commercial and …

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Rise in Natural Disasters Leads to Insurance Deficits

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by Nicole Nouhra Disasters Increasing in Frequency and Severity Natural disasters in the United States are increasing in both frequency and severity. Since 2009 the number of catastrophes has doubled and the claims dollars paid out has quadrupled as reported by The Insurance Information Institute. Last year, California experienced some of the deadliest and most …

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